Vermont man changes plea in girlfriend’s death

Published: Apr. 20, 2021 at 5:54 PM EDT|Updated: Apr. 21, 2021 at 7:41 AM EDT
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RUTLAND, Vt. (WCAX) - A Pittsford man accused of running over his girlfriend in his pickup truck has changed his plea in her death.

As part of a plea agreement, Anthony Reynolds changed his plea from not guilty to no contest to negligent operation with death resulting and guilty to leaving the scene of a fatal accident.

According to court paperwork, Reynolds got into a fight with his then-girlfriend, Melanie Rooney, the night before she died in May 2019. When driving off, court records show Reynolds hit Rooney in his truck, but it’s not believed to have been intentional.

Documents say Reynolds changed his story several times when he talked with the police. He first said he never drove his truck that night. Later, he said he thought Rooney’s body in the road was a duffle bag.

The state wants Reynolds to serve 6-10 years in prison.

The next hearing has not yet been scheduled, but Rooney’s family is expected to speak at it.

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